Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation

Committee rules

Equity is committed to ensuring that we are a powerful industrial force and that every voice in the union is heard.

To achieve this the Equity Council has created a structure for the union’s network of committees, at the heart of which are three influential industrial committees — Screen and New Media, Stage and Variety, Circus and Entertainers — with the authority to conduct negotiations. These committees, made up of members with recent experience of relevant work and elected by members with similar experience, are at the forefront of improving pay and conditions for members.

Supporting these committees are six specialist committees — Audio, Dance, Singers, Stunt, Stage Management and Directors and Designers, all made up of members with recent relevant working experience. Also advising them where relevant are two deputies committees - West End Deputies and Opera Deputies, made up of deputies elected by companies.

There are also national committees of members in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, four equality committees — Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender +; Minority Ethnic; and Women - and a Young Members' Committee.

These committees are an important part of the union's democracy and a dynamic force for change. With the support of the Equity Council they are taking forward the industrial agenda, driving the union's policy making and ensuring that the voice of working members is heard at the centre of the union's work.

Follow the links on the right to download committee rules.